ADA Regulations for Acceptable Interview Questions for Disabled Applicants

Posted By Cindi

Date: November 27th, 2008

Until a job offer is made, an employer cannot ask questions related to a disability, nor can a medical examination be performed. All questions on both the application and during an interview should focus on non-medical job qualifications, education, and employment history. It is acceptable to ask a disabled applicant if they can meet the job’s essential requirements and duties. You may also ask why they left a previous job, about any past discipline, and how much time they took off in a previous position (but not the reasons). You may not ask about prior worker compensation history, use of medication, any question about their impairment, or how they became disabled. A person with a disability can be asked if they will need a reasonable accommodation to perform the job being applied for.

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